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Pioneer TS-A1685R

6-1/2" 4-way car speakers — also fits many 6-3/4" openings

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Our take on the Pioneer TS-A1685R

by John Pollard
Pioneer

Why replace your factory speakers?

The speakers that originally came in your car were made from inexpensive materials, designed to create acceptable sound at the lowest possible cost to the manufacturer. If you love music, you deserve better. Name-brand aftermarket speakers deliver fuller, richer sound with considerably more detail and nuance, and they're capable of playing louder and cleaner than factory speakers. Connect new speakers to your factory radio and you'll get the best possible sound from your dealer-equipped system. Pair them up with a new car stereo for a level of enjoyment that can rival a high-fidelity home audio experience.

Get more out of your music

Are your car's factory speakers sounding less than fresh? Pioneer built their A-Series speakers to be high-performance replacements for your old speakers, designed from the ground up to bring back the life that your music's been missing. You'll be able to enjoy the clear vocals, chunky guitar riffs, powerful drums, and distinct bass lines that have always been a part of your favorite tunes, but have remained hidden behind sub-par speakers.

Side-view of Pioneer TS-A1685R 6-1/2"/6-3/4" speaker

The multi-driver array on this speaker brings out all the midrange and high-frequency details.

Built to make your music rock

Pioneer equipped the TS-A1685R 6-1/2" speakers with multilayer mica-matrix woofers that stay rigid when the volume's turned up, keeping distortion to a minimum so your bass sounds clean. Each woofer gets paired up with a midrange speaker, a tweeter, and a super tweeter to add warmth and clarity to your driving soundtrack. These speakers will sound great running off your factory stereo, but they'll really shine when driven by an aftermarket receiver or an external amp. Don't drive another day listening to tired-sounding tunes, when you can enjoy Pioneer sound quality with these speakers in your vehicle. 

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Highlights:

  • 6-1/2" 4-way car speakers (pair)
  • multilayer mica-matrix woofer with elastic polymer surround
  • 3/4" lightweight diaphragm dome midrange
  • 3/8" PET dome tweeter and 3/8" PET dome supertweeter
  • power range: 5-60 watts RMS (350 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 34-30,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 91 dB
  • top-mount depth: 2-3/16"
  • grilles included
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Design 4-way
Tweeter Design 3/8" Dome
Tweeter Composition PET
Woofer Composition Multilayer Mica Matrix
Woofer Surround Rubber
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Specifications
Sensitivity 91 dB at 1 watt
Frequency Response 34 - 30k Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts) 5-60
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 350
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Top-mount Depth (Inches) 2 3/16
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches) N/A
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 5
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What's in the box?

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  • Two 4-way speakers
  • 2 Grilles
  • Two 12" lengths of speaker wire (female quick slides on one end and bare wire on the other)
  • Eight 1" Self-tapping screws
  • 8 Speed clips
  • Warranty information
  • Installation instructions and cutout template on box

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At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box, verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

Features

Woofers: The multi-layer mica matrix cone was developed to provide an extra light, yet rigid diaphragm to reproduce full, rich sound.

Surrounds: For durability and a smooth response, each woofer uses a rubber (synthetic) surround.

Midranges: Each speaker has a 3/4" lightweight polyester diaphragm dome midrange with a 0.2 ounce neodymium magnet.

Tweeters: Each speaker uses a 3/8" dome tweeter and a 3/8" dome super tweeter made from PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) film for crisp, clear highs.

Mounting: Without an adapter, the TS-A1685R speakers fit standard 6-3/4" and 4-hole 6-1/2" applications. Given their required cutout, they will also fit standard 6-1/2" applications without an adapter, but new screw holes must be drilled.

 
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3 out of 5

Pioneer TS-A1685R

Written By L, Charleston, SC on Monday, September 29, 2014
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The Speakers are OK. But I didn't need 4 ways
Pros:
Easy to mount
Cons:
Bass isn't deep enough
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5 out of 5

Happy ears, happy driving!

Written By Lauren, Texas,central on Tuesday, September 09, 2014
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My factories were crackling so the always-helpful Crutchfield support team matched me up with these speakers for my work pickup and I couldn't be happier. The install was a cinch and the sound makes for happy travels. I can't brag enough on Crutchfields excellent customer service and support. Happy, happy, happy!
Pros:
Great sound for reasonable prices!
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4 out of 5

Great Sound!

Written By Juanch, Los Angeles on Saturday, August 09, 2014
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Great sound
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5 out of 5

Very Good

Written By Eduardo, Lenexa, KS on Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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I love those speakers! Like others said, they have an excelent sound and some BASS. I have some problem to fit them in my Passat Wagon 1999 but with a little skills and tools, it is not a problem. I keep them hidden inside the door. The car still looking 100% original.
Pros:
Excellent sound and too much treble because it is 4 - way. I´m very happy!
Cons:
Should be 6 1/2 or 6 1/4 to fit exactly in Passat Wagon doors. The original speakers suport are amazing quality engeneering and it is a crime cut them off. There are rubbers agaist dust and vibrations and speaker MUST FIT exactly to avoid demage them.
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5 out of 5

Pioneer TS-A1685R

Written By Brad, United States on Tuesday, June 03, 2014
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Work great!
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5 out of 5

Pioneer TS-A1685R

Written By Nick, Medina ,Ohio on Saturday, May 10, 2014
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Great sounding speakers and I think they will hold up better than the factory units that both front speakers burned up the voice coils . the price was good and installation was easy ,just be careful when removing the clip from the window crank
Pros:
great sounding
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Superb speakers

Written By TGH, Brunswick on Wednesday, April 30, 2014
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Fantastic speakers. Lots of base. Easy to install
Pros:
Sound
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Great Sound!

Written By Chris, Austin, TX on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Speakers sound great! Excellent highs and lows with plenty of mid punch. Great for factory speaker replacement. Be wary of the mounting setup on these. The brackets included by Crutchfield however were too small in diameter for the speakers to bolt to. We mounted them directly to the inner door frame and they work great.
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5 out of 5

Amazing Sound

Written By Harv, Tucson on Sunday, March 30, 2014
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Installed these in a Nissan Frontier, they fit the factory adapter with no problem and the Door panel molding fits right over them. Great sound with lots of bass when Radio settings are just right. Pioneer hits a home run with these Speakers.
Pros:
Crutchfield sent adapter kit which was great, but it was not needed. Thanks anyways.
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5 out of 5

BEAUTIFUL!

Written By LevinZ11, Fayetteville, NC on Friday, March 28, 2014
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These speakers are awesome. The quality is perfect, they even look good in the car. Crutchfield helped me pick them out an worth the money. They were an awesome help. I have bought much more since then. I will stick with Pioneer an Crutchfield. AWESOME!
Pros:
Nice looking, loud, good bass, an great quality.
Cons:
Zero!
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5 out of 5

I'm satisfied

Written By Sam, Atlanta, Georgia on Monday, March 17, 2014
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I'm pleased with the speakers. I had Best Buy install them (that's a story within itself) and enjoy the sound. They are a step up from the factory speakers in my 2011 Jetta. The installer stated that with the brand of car that I have and the technology of it that if I upgrade the stereo the speakers would sound that much better (Has something to do with the way VW desings their systems).
Pros:
Descent price. Crisper sound than the factory speakers. Handles loud much while remaining clear.
Cons:
None, so far.
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5 out of 5

Pioneer Speakers

Written By Jwest69154, Suffolk, VA on Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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I was an Alpine guy originally. How wrong I was. As soon as these were installed in my truck, my heart was changed. The sound coming out of these was significantly more impressive than I anticipated, and the install was much easier than I anticipated. I do recommend an amp if youu run more than two - will just clean up the sound to them so they blow you away.
Pros:
Sound, clarity, high, mid, low
Cons:
None yet.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

great speakers

Written By Bill H, Lexington, KY on Tuesday, March 04, 2014
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great speakers
Pros:
hooked up to a Pioneer AVH-X3500BHS. The head unit pushes these speakers pretty good. I am about to install an amp that is rated for these speakers and we will see how well they sound. running off the head unit sounds great. The highs are great, the mids sound good, the bass is low but not low like a sub. It punches and is deep but its distorts easily. I can't wait for the amp.
Cons:
none so far
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Pioneer TS-A1685R

Written By Anonymous, deridder, louisiana on Tuesday, February 11, 2014
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Great sound
Pros:
Great sound and price
Cons:
None
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Pioneer TS-A1685R

Written By Anonymous, Memphis on Tuesday, February 04, 2014
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Good clear speakers
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4 out of 5

Pioneer Speakers

Written By Pioneer Speakers, Helper, Utah on Sunday, January 05, 2014
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I am not real big into a lot of speakers but like to listen to music. These speakers were easy to install and seem to work very well.
Pros:
Easy to install / plug and play
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Freaking awesome

Written By Jeremy, Lexington on Wednesday, January 01, 2014
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These speakers are unbelievable. The bass hits deep. Highly recommended.
Pros:
Great bass
Cons:
Nothing
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Pioneer TS-A1685R

Written By TalaveraP., Torrance, CA on Monday, December 30, 2013
 
Thee best speakers I've own had the type r from alpine blew them withing three month bought these for half the price. Only comment is that there crispy which I love especially powered by a pdx from alpine ( alpine fan of amps ). Love them recommend them if u want clear music. U won't get bass from these so dnt Expect to get big bass from these people there 6 1/2. U want bass go with 12s. But combined with both u get clear good sound and bass ??????????
Pros:
None
Cons:
Makes u want to buy these for all ur cars. ??
2 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Surprising sound

Written By RB, Houston Tx on Sunday, December 29, 2013
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Terrific sound. I wired these directly to a 5 channel amp with a 8" sub, and they can get incredibly loud with no distortion or loss in sound quality. I even left a larger than normal overlap when setting the pass filters between these and the sub, because their lows sound great. The tweeters make an instant improvement over factory speakers.
Pros:
Great sound, value
Cons:
None
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Speaker Value

Written By JVG, Albany, NY on Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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Can not beat the sound for the price
Pros:
Great Sound, easy to install.
Cons:
bass is lower then some 3-ways
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Speaker!!!

Written By Ian G, Phoenix, Arizona on Friday, December 06, 2013
 
Clear undistorted sound! Great upgrade from my factory speaker in my 1998 chevy silverdo. Looking to ugrade my HU but turned all the with the factory they're loud enough to hear me coming. Would recommend them to a friend and a great foundation for anyone starting to put together their own system. If you're looking for better sound for a reasonable price these are the speakers for you.
Pros:
Great clear sound, even when pushed to their limits.
Cons:
Not as much bass as I'd like but that's what subs are for anyway!
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Sound amazing

Written By Uscgqm, Poulsbo. WA on Sunday, November 17, 2013
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The sound through these speakers is awesome. Crisp and clear with great bass tones. In my car I have four of these and four factory (for now) tweeters and it is more than enough for what I wanted although I believe that these would also be an excellent addition for someone building up a much larger system. I would definitely recommend them.
Pros:
Excellent crisp and clear sound. Great bass tones. Perfect on their own or to compliment a larger system
Cons:
None at this point and I installed them in the car for about a month ago.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Familiar Pioneer Quality

Written By DMAtx, Dallas, TX on Friday, September 13, 2013
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I've used Pioneer audio equipment for years, both in my home and in my car. I installed these TS-A1685Rs in the rear deck of my 2011 Civic sedan, and the improvement in clarity is noticeable already. The speakers need to break in, and I still have my Pioneer head unit and Boston Acoustics amps to install, but I am very pleased with the sound, even at this early stage. In my previous vehicle, my Pioneer speakers served me very well, and I fully expect these to perform even better. I will be installing the Pioneer TS-A1605C component speakers in my front doors to complete my system, once it cools off here in TX. I highly recommend buying from Crutchfield, as you get the speaker adapter rings, speaker harnesses and the invaluable MasterSheets for free!
Pros:
Price, value, construction quality, sound clarity, previous experience with Pioneer reliability
Cons:
None
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

ts-a1685r

Written By Chip, Lawrenceburg,In on Friday, August 09, 2013
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Product came in fast,had everything needed ,sound great,and look good!
Pros:
The right size ,right sound!
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

pioneer 4way

Written By superdude, colorado on Friday, July 19, 2013
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Fit in doors with included brackets. Sound much better than stock even without an amp.
Pros:
All good
Cons:
Getting door panels off is never fun on the newer vehicles
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5 out of 5

Review of Pioneer TS-A1685R speakers

Written By dave, Ashland, Ky on Thursday, June 13, 2013
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Pioneer TS-A1685R were excellent speakers. Pioneer out did themselves this time. They sound awesome!!! The Crutchfeild team made it easy to order and sent all the info needed to install them. You couldn't ask for anything more!!!!!
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

TS-A1685R

Written By DKMARSH, San Diego Ca on Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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Sweet sounds from the 4 way speakers
Pros:
the SOUND
Cons:
none really
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4 out of 5

Great Sound

Written By 2010 Tundra, ri on Monday, May 13, 2013
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Installed in 2010 toyota tundra. Nice upgrade for the price. Easy installation with crutchfield instructions. Powered by a pioneer 2400 bt also purchased through crutchfield.
Pros:
Good bass notes for size really good clarity on highs
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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1 question already asked

Do I need a bracket to install these 6.5 speakers in the front doors of my 2008 Nissan Altima s.4dr sedan? [ Cliff  Jan 20, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy Staff  Jan 20, 2014 ]

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